Large motorbike escort expected for funeral of bike-mad Norwich grandmother

Twiggy Holland, 64, who died from cancer on November 6 2016. Picture: DAVID HOLLAND

Twiggy Holland, 64, who died from cancer on November 6 2016. Picture: DAVID HOLLAND - Credit: Archant

Scores of motorcyclists are expected to turn out for the funeral of a bike-mad grandmother.

Twiggy Holland, nee Alden, 64, from Montgomery Close in Bowthorpe, Norwich, died on November 6 from cancer.

Her husband, David 'Bear' Holland, 68, said between 50 and 200 bikers are expected to take part in a procession from their home to the funeral at Earlham Crematorium on Tuesday November 22.

Mr Holland said: 'It is going to be the biggest bike escort Norwich has ever seen. They are a sign of respect.

'It is going to be standing room only at the funeral. All over Norwich everyone knew Twiggy.'

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Mrs Holland was born in Tuckswood, Norwich, but grew up in the city's Heartsease area.

After leaving school she worked in a paint factory and bottling plant in Norwich.

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She had two sons and three daughters from two previous marriages and 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs Holland was known as Twiggy because she admired the 1960s model.

She was also called nanny pink by relatives because she sometimes had a pink mohican.

The keen knitter and home decorator met Mr Holland in August 1993 after months of writing to him.

Mr Holland, originally from London, put in a lonely hearts-style advert in the biking magazine Back Street Heroes and his future wife responded.

The pair married at Norwich Register Office on December 1 1993 and spent every day together since then.

Mr Holland said: 'As soon as I met her I knew what a warm-hearted and beautiful person she was. They broke the mould when she was born.'

The motorbike escort starts at 1pm and the funeral starts at 1.30pm.

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